Opinion and Editorial

Peer-to-Peer Filesharing…That’s Some Ruckus!

Well, as you all know, p2p filesharing has become one of the world’s greatest dilemmas over the past few years.  Here at BU, filesharing programs such as the more popular Limewire and others have been banned completely from the network.  However, I still hear many people try to sneak it or upset because their internet is officially banned for an entire week.

I would never use these programs on this network, because it is monitored.  Although there may be ways to sneak, I never would want to be banned from this network.  And just tonight, my friend told me about a whole new program named Ruckus.

Ruckus is a program that you download from the popular site, www.ruckus.com.  The sign-up procedure is as follows:  Put in your university e-mail address, and create a password, then you download the program.  I have started to download full albums such as Nickelback’s newest album, Blue-Collar Comedy Tour, and Dane Cook’s album named Retaliation.  These files don’t come cheap – but they do on Ruckus.  You can be assured that you will not be charged a single penny for downloading anything on this site.  It is completely free for you.

How can this be legal?  Universities such as Clemson and others joined Ruckus as well as a few other multimedia groups/companies.  This allows Ruckus to be legally free because these companies are who produce these albums.  Ruckus is a way to deter students from downloading illegal content for free, instead downloading legal content for free.

So next time you want to go out to buy an album, make sure to look on Ruckus first – you may save yourself money because you are a college student.



4 thoughts on “Peer-to-Peer Filesharing…That’s Some Ruckus!

  • Aaron Kephart

    It can be assumed that all bought or legal versions of music are DRM protected. Unfortunately, this limits the music greatly, and I don’t want to say anything more, but there really are ways to get around the protection, so my theory is, why even protect the files?

    That’s a whole other argument though, but Ruckus is a great program to get you music files. The selection is a little limited, but not enough to turn me against it completely. It’s a better alternative to illegal methods though. You can either have protected music, or no music…I would take protected if I had to choose.


  • Ryan Brazzo

    if you actually go to allmusicconverter.com you can download a converter for 20 bucks i think so you can add the songs to your itunes, put them on your mp3 player or on a cd…only thing is some songs come in better quality than others so some will sound louder, some quieter.

  • Aaron Kephart

    Ryan basically said exactly what I didn’t want to come out of this article: illegal activities. It is illegal to remove the protection. DRM is very annoying though. They are limited a lot in this program. Getting a converter isn’t illegal, its just the way you use it. This is why we have illegal music sharing as well, because p2p is meant to be legal, but when let loose, it turns into this monster that breaks every law in the book.

    But, all in all, the program has proved to be good for me so far!

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